Impersonation of a nurse or a medical doctor
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Most "schools nurses" in NOVA are NOT nurses, NOT RN's at all.
Since bits of your post are unclear to begin with, I am going to guess that you don't have the story straight and its not possible to determine whether or not your friend is doing something wrong.
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Your post is unclear:
are you saying that she is falsely telling people that she works as an RN for that school? Or are you saying that she is working at that school under false pretenses of nursing licensure?
No school relies on its employee's statement of State licensure. All states and schools are required by federal law to verify the licensure of a school nurse (federal funds are paid to the state based on the school employment of a licensed nurse) and to submit to the feds the independent verification of license.
If she is simply telling people tall tales about her "career," it is unlikely that anyone in state licensing, government, law enforcement or nursing will care. People get wacky and say all sorts of stuff. The "3 C's" usually define the boundaries of governmental interest: Conspicuous, Commercial, Complained of. "Complained of" often infers a victim who has detrimentally relied.
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You are certainly right. There are many instances where individuals are charged for crimes involving the impersonation of medical personnel. However, simply telling others she is an RN is not likely an issue that will be acted upon. But performing duties and accepting payment for services performed in accordance with the alleged lie is most definitely a criminal issue. In addition to the unlicensed practice of nursing, she may be liable for fraud. If she is not a nurse, but is attempting to practice as one, she is putting the safety and well-being of others at risk.
I can not imagine a school district not confirming the licensure of it's school nurses. I guess stranger things can occur. You should tell your associate she is breaking the law and she should immediately resign her position and stop this impersonation.
RNs are licensed normally by the department of health in every state. It is a violation of law to impersonate one.
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